DHV:
1049
Tourin ID:

1740 C

Treble ?

Peter

Wamsley

# of Strings:

5

Place Made:

GB, London

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, New York, NY

Sound Holes:

F

Collection:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Head:

Female

Catalog Number:

1990.218.2

Label Text:

Made by Peter Wamsley at the Harp and / Hautboy in Pickadilly London 17.. [printed]

Measurements:

Body Length:

34.2

String Length:

31.8 ?

Rib Depth:

3.8

Upper Width:

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

16.1

11.2

20

Previous Owner:

Information Source:

TGM visits 8/92, 2/06

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Herzog 2003, QT-99; Sotheby’s 6/14/90, lot 283

On museum’s website (front); Herzog 2003, QT-99 (F+S, head 3/4); Sotheby’s 6/14/90, lot 283 (back)

Sotheby’s 1990/06/14, lot 283

Sotheby’s: “Quinton”, but has flat back and no overhanging edges; “later head, neck and fingerboard to original specification,” but visible graft between pegbox and neck. Museum website: “quinton” but also “five-string violin with flat back and viola da gamba outline”. Hebbert (joint museum visit, 2/06): viola d’amore, like Meares at Brigham Young U. TGM: 2-piece table, 1-piece back, both with single purfling. 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Fingerboard has ebony veneer with white perimeter line; no tailpiece seen. Not set up when seen; 4-string violin bridge. Museum website dimensions 34, 16/11/20, 4.3, 32 (obviously rounded to nearest cm except for depth), and ditto in Herzog 2003. Perhaps same as one pictured in Peter Gammond, Musical Instruments in Color (NY: Macmillan, 1976), pl. 4 (photocopy from M. Herzog): front view shows F-holes, 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side, FB & TP black with white perimeter lines, all like this instrument.